The MERS-CoV has affected nine countries to date, an agency reported. In guidance to countries for the prevention, detection and management of imported cases of MERS-CoV, the WHO said that at this time, the risk to an individual pilgrim of contracting MERS-CoV is considered very low.

In the advisory, the WHO does not recommend the application of any travel or trade restrictions or entry screening. It also encouraged countries to raise awareness to reduce the risk of MERS-CoV infection among pilgrims and those associated with their travel, including transport operators and ground staff, and about self-reporting of illness by travelers.

The WHO recommended that travelers who develop a significant acute respiratory illness with fever and cough - severe enough to interfere with usual daily activities - should be advised to minimize their contact with others to keep from infecting them. They should also report to medical staff accompanying the group or to local health services.

(Agencies)

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